I read on this site this drug is only funded for one year--- is this so?

  • Morning,


    My name is Amy and I am one of the Cancer Information Nurse Specialists on the Macmillan Support Line. Thanks for posting your question and your patience in waiting for a response.


    Avastin (Bevacizumab) is a targeted therapy used to treat different types of cancers. It is often usen in combination with other treatments and is given in cycles, every 2 or 3 weeks. It is often used for maintenance treatment; this means you would continue having it for as long as it is working.


    I’m unable to find the page you mention. The closest I could find was on our ovarian cancer page “You may continue to have it for 1 year or longer if it is working”. This does not mean it is only funded for 1 year.


    If you have any concerns about accessing treatment, we always recommend speaking to your cancer team first. They will be able to advise what treatment is available and whether there are any restrictions to prescribing.


    You are welcome to give our support line a call too, we often find we can help more by exploring these questions over the phone. If this is something you think would help, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0808 808 0000. We are available 7 days a week, 8am-8pm.


    I hope this helps.


    Best wishes, 

    Amy C, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 


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